The Design Business Review

Victoria’s design strategy

Creative Victoria is seeking submissions to help shape the creative industries strategy 2020-2024.
It’s important that Victorian graphic designers submit.

Does the design studio have a future?

Will the current design studio model survive in the gig economy where design execution has become commoditised?

Presenting: this could go one of two ways.

Presenting in front of a client is no longer common place.
Everyone is busy.
Everyone is impatient.
Everyone is tuned to immediate gratification.

The leap

I understand the leap of faith needed to make changes. It’s not to be underestimated how easier it would be in the short term to continue business as usual. But long term value of change is often immeasurable.

Perfectionism, the imposter syndrome and designers

The characteristics of perfectionism and imposter syndrome are common character traits in our industry. Both can negatively impact a designers mental health.

How ‘design mature’ are your clients

Business maturity is a method of examining a businesses capabilities. This idea derived from a U.S. Defence Department model to assess the capability of businesses supplying to the U.S. Government.

Work, mental health and profitability

Getting the right mix of mental health, working hours and productivity in a design studio is a difficult balancing act for many business owners.

Embrace change – don’t just put one foot infront of the other

Work shouldn’t be a trudge. Designers are trained to see the world differently, so why do most of us work 8-6, 5 days per week? We’re exploring different ways of working. Exploring options that deliver better mental health.

What I learnt from my side hustle

Last year I started a passion project with two professionals that I didn’t really know that well. The Clear Communication Awards have just opened and it’s time to take stock to remind myself what I’ve learnt along the way…

How ‘design mature’ are your clients

Business maturity is a method of examining a businesses capabilities. This idea derived from a U.S. Defence Department model to assess the capability of businesses supplying to the U.S. Government.

Explaining design

It’s hard to explain design because it means different things to different people. And it’s hard to explain where design can be used. We think we’ve found a solution in our research. Read more about our Design Maturity Index…

New business dev: it’s staring us in the face

The adage ‘80% of your business comes from 20% of your clients” is proven true with DBC research. Over 18 months we spent $80,000 refining, interviewing and writing the results of our research.